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Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll

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". . . a great blow-by-blow account of an exciting and still-legendary scene."
---Marshall Crenshaw

From the early days of John Lee Hooker to the heyday of Motown and beyond, Detroit has enjoyed a long reputation as one of the crucibles of American pop music. In Grit, Noise, and Revolution, David Carson turns the spotlight on those hard-rocking, long-haired musicians-influen
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 19th 2006 by UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL (first published May 2005)
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Dr. Detroit
Oct 09, 2009 Dr. Detroit rated it it was amazing
“Little white punks from the suburbs” playing “high output electronic music instruments.”

OK, I confess. The quote is a complete fabrication, a hybrid of a revelation from SRC’s Gary Quackenbush spot welded to a line excised from a 1968 mandate from the city of Ann Arbor prohibiting live music in its parks in the wake of several free shows featuring the likes of Seventh Seal, the Up, and the Prime Movers. Apparently neighbors didn’t appreciate the noise. Go figure…

But it cuts right to the quick o
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Ryan Iseppi
Nov 21, 2012 Ryan Iseppi rated it liked it
As a Michigander and life-long devotee of Detroit-area music, whether it be rock, Motown, techno, etc., this book was an enjoyable and informative read - with a few major caveats.

For one thing, I have a hard time imagining that this book will appeal to many fans from outside of Michigan, excepting those with a seriously deep interest in Detroit rock music. Seeing as this book was first published in 2006, shortly following White Stripes-mania and the rock world's short-lived fascination with the
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G Scott
Feb 04, 2015 G Scott rated it it was amazing
if you are a fan of the detroit & it's music scene, this book is a must-read. when i started reading this I really had no clue about the rich and vast pedigree that the motor city had when it came to music. my favorite part (of course) was about the MC5. and what better image for the cover than fred "sonic" smith. need i say that this book really can..KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHERF&*$ER!!!
K.
Sep 01, 2015 K. added it
Great book, but reads more like a history book or textbook... not nearly as entertaining as Please Kill Me or something a bit more narrative or first person. But this is still a must read for people interested in the history of Michigan's rock scene.
Lindsay
May 07, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
A great, quick read about the Detroit rock scene from the 1960s and 1970s. The book explores the changes taking place in the music scene, following the rise of bands like the MC5, the Stooges, Bob Seger, etc. A must for rock fans!
Paul Madarasz
May 16, 2013 Paul Madarasz rated it it was amazing
Having grown up in Detroit during the time this book covers, and having seen most of the bands mentioned, reading this was like coming home (the one you can't go again). Required reading for anyone interested in the development of rock during those seminal years.
Jack
Mar 18, 2011 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great to relive those days.
I was there in the middle of it all.
I went to the Grande. I saw the bands.
Kick T
Nov 07, 2011 Kick T rated it it was amazing
If your at all interested in Detroit garage rock this is the definitive book.
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Jan 08, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
Interesting history that is very complete.
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